More than 40 people from a range of community organisations took part in a Big Spring Clean in Glengormley on Saturday, March 22.
Volunteers gathered at the Barron Hall at 10am and spent the next two hours cleaning up the streets and car parks around the town centre.
Commenting on the success of the event, Lisa O’Kane, Tourism & Events Manager at Newtownabbey Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that this initiative, which was suggested by the community, was so well supported by organisations such as Glengormley Community Cooperative, Glengormley Community Group, Queens Park Women’s Group, Community Relations Forum, 108th Guides & Brownies, 108th Scouts, Glengormley Girls Group and Newtownabbey Rotary Club.”
The community clean-up complements a range of works that are ongoing in Glengormley, including the Department for Social Development-funded Glengormley Revitalisation Project and the Giro d’Italia Route Revitalisation Project, as well as the Department of the Environment-funded Dereliction Intervention Scheme.
These schemes involve improvements to shop fronts, demolition and screening of eyesore buildings and a marketing campaign to encourage people to come into Glengormley and discover the small independent shops that are on their doorstep.
The council has also arranged for chewing gum removal and graffiti removal to take place in the run up to the Giro d’Italia event.
The spring clean provided an opportunity for the community to work together with local businesses and the council to improve the area.
Those taking part received lunch and refreshments and children taking part received a goodie bag and a certificate.
A number of businesses supplied refreshments for the volunteers including Eden Coffee Shop, FunWorks, Planks Deli and The Thunderdome.
• Pictured inset: Ryan Sloan (5) was presented with a certificate for helping with the big clean-up in Glengormley. INNT 069-FP